Even though quarterback Sam Bradford is healthy and ready for Sunday afternoon, head coach Bill Belichick's Patriots are doing their best to ensure they are ready for the unexpected.
"We always prepare for all of the players that are on the active roster. Whoever we think is the first player in the game, it may be that by the third play of the game that's all changed," Belichick explained. "We have to be prepared for everybody. Really, I think the Eagles are a team that has really two legitimate starting quarterbacks. Both those guys have had a lot of production throughout their career. They've won a lot of games, a lot of big games. I think they have great depth at that position. There are not a lot of teams in the league that can say that."
The head coach continued his praise of both Bradford and Mark Sanchez, believing that both players can run the Eagles' offense efficiently.
In addition to the quarterback spot, Belichick also spoke highly of wide receiver Jonathan Krause, who was promoted to the Eagles' active roster less than two weeks ago. Krause was a member of the Patriots' practice squad during the 2014 season as part of the team's run to the Super Bowl.
"We went down and saw (Jordan) Matthews and saw Krause. They both were very productive at Vanderbilt," he said. "Jonathan has both inside and outside flexibility. He can play in the slot, can play on the perimeter, runs well, smart kid, works hard, good hands, a very dependable player. We didn't get (him) until about the middle of the year last year. He was in Cleveland and rehabbing an injury through the early part of the season, so he was a little bit behind, but mentally he caught up quickly and really did a great job for us on the practice field.
"We had a hard time covering him when he was on the scout team running and being our opponent's receiver. He did a good job. Unfortunately, he got banged up for us at the end of preseason, but I like Jonathan. I think he's a good young player with a good future. It was a good move by Philadelphia to get him in their system."
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